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2:50 PM ET, May 4, 2008


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Yahoo! Issues Statement in Response to Microsoft  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 03, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Roy Bostock, Chairman of Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company issued the following statement today in response to Microsoft Corporation's announcement that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Yahoo!:
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Leaving Las Yahoo: Microsoft's $5 Billion Mistake?  —  If Microsoft's walkaway from the Yahoo deal is indeed a ploy to save $5 billion, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may have proven himself pennywise and pound foolish.  He was prepared to spend billions to finally make Microsoft a serious rival to Google.
Microsoft Withdraws Proposal to Acquire Yahoo!  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Yahoo! Inc.  —  Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO).
The Gillmor Gang:
Gillmor Gang Emergency Edition 05.03.08  —  The Gillmor Gang - Mike Arrington, Doc Searls, Dan Farber, Dana Gardner, Robert Anderson, and Robert Scoble - turn off the lights on the Microsoft/Yahoo deal?  Recorded Saturday, May 3, 2008.  —  This entry was posted on Saturday, May 3rd, 2008 at 8:44 pm and is filed under Gillmor Gang.
Discussion: Outside the Lines
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
OK, so what's Microsoft's plan B?  —  With Yahoo apparently off the table, it's time to see what Microsoft's back-up plan looks like.  —  Microsoft has said for some time that it has a strategy with or without Yahoo, but it's a strategy clearly in need of a jump-start.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: The Odd Couple Meetings Led Nowhere  —  After today's events, I guess you could say Yahoo and Microsoft tried, holding a series of meetings about a possible takeover that ended up proving exactly how incompatible the companies were.  —  Kind of like Oscar Madison and Felix Unger, but not funny in any way at all.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Withdraws Yahoo Offer After Attempt to Bridge Gap in Price  —  Microsoft Corp. said it abandoned its offer for Yahoo Inc., as the two companies failed to bridge a gap between them on price.  —  Microsoft Saturday released a letter from Chief Executive Steve Ballmer …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Report: A peek behind the Yahoo-Microsoft meltdown  —  Curious how Microsoft's multi-multi-multi-billion dollar buyout bid for Yahoo sputtered, then crashed?  —  Kara Swisher's BoomTown column in All Things Digital has an interesting account of the missteps, sidesteps …
Guessing Yahoo's Opening Stock Price
Yi-Wyn Yen / Fortune:
Blame it on Google  —  Microsoft CEO Ballmer said the software …
Discussion: MacDailyNews and
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Nightmare Scenario: I'm From Google and I'm Here to Help!
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lenovo IdeaPad U110 overview and video  —  After giving the new IdeaPad U110 its 15 minutes of fame in front of the camera, we got down to business.  The 11.1-inch ultraportable is built like a tank — a really, really lightweight tank.  The uniquely-designed lid and (overly) …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lenovo IdeaPad U110 unboxing and hands-on
Discussion: Tech Blog
Daniel Cochlin / Daily Mail:
Robobug goes to war: Troops to use electronic insects to spot enemy ‘by end of the year’  —  It may have seemed like just another improbable scene from a Hollywood sci-fi flick - Tom Cruise battling against an army of robotic spiders intent on hunting him down.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Nine Inch Nails Give Away New Single on Facebook  —  In March, the Nine Inch Nails released their album ‘Ghosts’ under a non-commercial Creative Commons license, meaning that it can be shared freely.  The band confirmed that they had uploaded the album themselves to sites like The Pirate Bay, and
Discussion: DSLreports and BLABBERMOUTH.NET
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
The Camera That Wears a Badge  —  THESE days, the police are much less likely to be hiding behind a billboard waiting to nab someone going over the speed limit.  Technology has gone far beyond that.  —  In recent years, local governments have eagerly adopted photo-enforcement technology …
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